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DAVE GROHL Explains TOM ARAYA's Absence From PROBOT CD

FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about his "metal" side-project PROBOT project and the reason SLAYER vocalist Tom Araya ended up not contributing to the final CD. "I tried to get Tom on the record — he was the last piece of the puzzle," Grohl...
January 11, 2004
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Former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS Bassist Says She Is Returning To Her Roots

Former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur has told NME.com that she is "returning to her roots" with her debut solo album. "I don't think the idea of 'solo album' was the way I thought of it," Melissa said. "When I was in other people's bands, there was only so much space for my ...
January 9, 2004
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Ex-HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS Bassist AUF DER MAUR: First Single Posted Online

Former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf der Maur has posted the first single from her forthcoming solo album online in streaming audio. The track, titled "Followed The Waves", can be heard at the following locations: Windows Media: Low, High Real Audio: Low, High Auf Der Maur will ...
January 7, 2004
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CHIMAIRA Split With Drummer, Replace Him With SOILWORK's EVENSAND

CHIMAIRA have parted ways with drummer Andy Herrick and have replaced him with SOILWORK skinsman Richard Evensand. CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter called into "The Metal Show" in Cleveland Sunday night (January 4) and discussed the circumstances behind the lineup change. The following are several exce...
January 4, 2004
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HAMMETT Named 'Best Metal Guitarist', 'St. Anger' Chosen As 'Biggest Disappointment' Of 2003

A poll of readers of Guitar World magazine picked Kirk Hammett of METALLICA as "Best Metal Guitarist", while Zakk Wylde of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY was named "Most Valuable Player." METALLICA's poor-selling new album, "St. Anger", was named biggest disappointment, but it also came in at No. 2 as the "Bes...
December 31, 2003
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Report: Top-Grossing OZZFEST Shows Of All Time (1996-2003)

As part of a special spotlight on the Osbournes in the current issue of Billboard, the magazine has compiled a list of the top 10 highest-grossing Ozzfest shows in the travelling festival's eight-year history. Since its inaugural run in 1996, Ozzfest has grossed a staggering $146.5 million from 236...
December 23, 2003
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KING DIAMOND Discusses Upcoming Live Album, PROBOT Project

KING DIAMOND recently spoke to Metal Reference about the his upcoming live album, tentatively due next fall through Metal Blade Records. "The musicians [from my band] are currently located in [KING DIAMOND guitarist] Andy [LaRocque]'s studio [Los Angered in Gothenburg, Sweden] in order to listen to...
December 23, 2003
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Ex-HOLE/SMASHING PUMPINS Bassist To Support A PERFECT CIRCLE In Europe

According to the Melissa Auf der Maur fan site Firecrasher, the former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist will open for A PERFECT CIRCLE on their European trek. It is not clear whether this will be for the entire tour or for select dates. As previously reported, Melissa Auf Der Maur will release her sel...
December 20, 2003
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ZENSOR, MANDYLION To Team Up For One-Off Gig In Oslo

Norwegian metal bands ZENSOR and MANDYLION (featuring former members of SACRALIS, OLD MAN'S CHILD, PECCATUM and DIMENSION F3H) will be teaming up for a gig at John Dee in Oslo on Friday, December 5. ZENSOR have just appeared on the "Advanced Alternatives Vol. 1" CD with such bands as JANE'S ADDICTIO...
November 30, 2003
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PROBOT: Photo Session Posted Online

Several pictures from a brand-new PROBOT photo session, featuring the project's mastermind Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, ex-NIRVANA) alongside special guests Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD) and Wino (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN, PLACE OF SKULLS),have been posted online at this location (Wire Image). As p...
November 25, 2003
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Label: PROBOT Debut To Surface In February, Not May

Contrary to a report (since corrected) posted on the MTV.com web site, PROBOT's much-anticipated debut album will surface on its originally announced release date of February 10, 2004 and not in May of next year, a spokesperson for Southern Lord Records has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET. A two-track 7"...
November 21, 2003
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PROBOT: Photos From 'Shake Your Blood' Video Shoot Posted Online

PROBOT, the much-anticipated metal side project of FOO FIGHTERS frontman/former NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl, will release their self-titled debut album on February 10, 2004 through Southern Lord Recordings. A two-track 7" single, limited to 6,666 copies, will precede the album release and will contai...
November 21, 2003
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British Prime Minister Admits To Being Fan Of THE DARKNESS

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted to a class of schoolchildren that he listens to THE DARKNESS' latest album, according to BBC News. Mr. Blair (photo),who was visiting a London school, revealed his musical taste in fluent French in one of their classes. He said that he had chosen ...
November 14, 2003
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Ex-HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS Bassist To Release Solo Album In February

Ex-HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur will release her self-titled debut album in February through Capitol Records. The CD, which was produced by MASTERS OF REALITY mainman Chris Goss at several studios, including Stratosphere in New York City (owned by former SMASHING PUMPKINS and...
November 10, 2003
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FIREBALL MINISTRY To Support URIAH HEEP, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT In Germany

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY will be supporting URIAH HEEP and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT on a German tour in December. FIREBALL MINISTRY's new album, "The Second Great Awakening", is due on November 3 through Nuclear Blast Records. "The Second Great Awakening" was produced by Nick Raskul...
October 23, 2003